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The art of speech

June 13, 2014

By Kelly Dickey, The Herald Bulletin, Anderson, Ind.

June 13--ANDERSON -- A fork in the road. Look before you leap. Misery loves company.

Popular sayings are on full display at the Anderson Center for the Arts' newest show.

"Figures of Speech," a Midwest competitive exhibit, runs until Aug. 15 at the gallery, 32 W. 10th St.

"It plays from a number of different areas of the intellect," Center for the Arts Director Deborah Stapleton said. "...It plays on concepts."

Sixteen artists from 10 Indiana cities and three other states submitted their takes on popular phrases.

There can be hundreds of interpretations of a single figure of speech, Stapleton said, and she is always anxious to see what the artists create.

This year's exhibition includes a piece called "Misery Loves Company," a stoneware and hardwood sculpture that depicts an older man dressed in a suit, sitting in a sofa chair surrounded by four cats.

That same artist, Joe Rohrman, received first place in the exhibit for his "Look Before You Leap" piece, a three-dimensional wall hanging that depicts a man, arms stretched behind him, on the side of a brick building.

The Center for the Arts purchased "Look Before You Leap" for its permanent display, along with two other artworks from "Figures of Speech," said Holly Rennaker, Center for the Arts education coordinator.

One of the other pieces purchased was South Dakota artist Becky Grismer's best of show piece, "Putting Down Roots." Using pieces of bark, Grismer created a sculpture of a woman in a flowing dress with her back arched.

Rennaker said Grismer finds relationships between people and nature, like how humans and trees have limbs, or comparing memories to a tree's roots.

"Each piece in her series has an emotion," Rennaker said.

Stapleton said this is the third year for "Figures of Speech." At first a lot of artists submitted general phrases like "the cat's out of the bag," but submissions are moving toward less popular phrases.

Some artists take the concepts comically, seriously or literally.

The Center of the Arts also created its own interactive piece to go along the show.

In the middle of the gallery sits a wall with clues to popular phrases. One says "This saying was made popular by Frank Sinatra in the 20s. It means an attractive woman." Lifting up the wooden board with the clue reveals the answer: hot tomato.

Collections curator Stephanie Michaels, who helped create the interactive piece, said so far no one's guessed all the phrases on the wall.

Many of the artists attended an opening reception June 6, where winners of the show were announced.

"It was an excellent representation of the exhibition and helps contemporary artists," Stapleton said.

"Figures of Speech" is open until Aug. 15. The Center for the Arts gallery is open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $2 for adults, $1.50 for senior citizens, $1 for students, $5 for families and children younger than 4 years old are free. Admission is also free every Tuesday and first Sunday of each month.

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If you go What: Figures of Speech exhibit When: Now until Aug. 15 Where: Anderson Center for the Arts, 32 W. 10th St. Cost: $2 for adults, $1.50 for senrios, $1 for students, $5 for families and free for children younger than 4 years old. Admission is free every Tuesday and first Sunday of each month.


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